British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds (R81.98 million) to help the victims.

Protest organiser Mutsafa Mansour outlined the protesters' demands outside the town hall.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue said an inspection of high rises across the region is now a top priority.

The blaze, which began in the early hours of June 14, claimed at least 30 lives, with dozens more reportedly still unaccounted for.

Residents said they had been complaining for years about lax standards while aspects of a recent $13 million refurbishment to the building have fallen under suspicion of allowing the fire to spread more rapidly than expected. "Understandably, the residents are very angry and concerned", he said.

May's response has been contrasted with that of Corbyn, who hugged locals at the estate during his visit on Thursday, and the royals who met residents and volunteers earlier today.

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way.

Demonstrators pushed their way through an automatic door shouting 'We want justice!' and 'Killers!' as they clashed with security guards in the lobby.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said inspections of similar buildings had been ordered, with particular attention to the modern cladding used to beautify and add insulation to ageing concrete and steel structures. "We could put out children to bed and know they would get up in the morning".

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince William talk to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The aluminium cladding, called Reynobond, is banned for buildings higher than 12m in the United States, far lower than the 24-storey Grenfell Tower that was consumed by the roaring blaze, according to a salesman for the company that manufactures it.

The criticism over the blaze has added to pressure on May who is trying to strike a deal with a Northern Irish party to stay in power. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a predominantly wealthy borough.

The Queen said in a statement that she was "profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need".

"She wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity", former cabinet minister Michael Portillo told the BBC.

National media in London reported extensively Friday that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds (6,400 US dollars) extra for a cladding material with better fire protection qualities.

"Several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out, according to Kensington and Chelsea council.

"The local community feels their grief has been made worse by the lack of information about their missing family members and friends", he wrote.

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